It’s time to go back to Providence Park in full force, Rose City. The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC announced on Wednesday that Providence Park will officially move to full capacity with no proof of vaccination required starting on July 11.
“We have all been waiting for this day for what seems like an eternity and are beyond grateful it has arrived,” said owner and CEO Merritt Paulson via a press release. “I am also very grateful to the companies and individuals who enabled the amazing vaccines that made this day possible and have immense gratitude to the frontline workers who got us through. We cannot wait to host everyone at our next game on July 11 … it will truly be a celebration.”
The move coincides with Oregon governor Kate Brown’s announcement of the full reopening of Oregon earlier on Wednesday. Starting today, all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions issued under Oregon’s emergency statutes have been lifted.
The Thorns’ match against NJ/NY Gotham FC will mark the first match where Providence Park will be able to go full capacity. The first Timbers match at full capacity will be on July 17 when they face off against FC Dallas.
In terms of safety protocols, the press release noted that most protocols will stay in place, such as cashless transactions, mobile ordering for food, digital ticketing, and more. Masks will not be required, but are recommended for those who are unvaccinated and whenever in the restroom or an indoor space.
You can read the full press release here.